"I feel like it's gone good so far," Smoral said of his time with the Jays. "After I signed I had the opportunity to come right down here, get accustomed to the organization and how they do things, and rehab my foot and get ready for fall Instructs. I'm looking forward to getting a lot done here."
The Ohio native had a stress fracture on his fourth metatarsal in his foot and had surgery in the spring, and missed the entire Gulf Coast League season this past year.
"The Blue Jays still drafted me. I signed, got down here, and I just finished rehabbing it. I started a throwing program and it went really well. I'm back and ready to go. I'm excited and ready to get back out there."
Grateful for the opportunity to at least mingle with his peers at the minor league complex, Smoral also feels the benefits of going through a professional rehab throwing program.
"I feel great," he said with a huge grin. "They took me a long nicely building my entire body back up so I'm ready to get in games. My body is ready to get back into that grind. I feel really good."
Another reason for feeling good is, despite not getting into official minor league games yet, the Blue Jays not only spent time getting him into shape but also tweaking some of his mechanics along the way.
"Down here at Instructs they're trying to get me more on top of the ball where I really use my [bigger frame] to throw the ball downhill and get that angle on hitters," the 6-foot-8 hurler said.
"Other than I've just been working on repeating my delivery and become more consistent. I feel really great right now about where I am. I've got two more weeks to get better and I'm excited about it."
He's not only happy about finally being healthy again but he is beyond excited to get into actual games and officially begin his career with the Blue Jays.
"It's been building up for a while now. I haven't thrown in a game since March 26th and I can't wait, I'm ecstatic about it. I'm ready to get out there," he concluded.
DUNEDIN, FL - There was a lot of excitement surrounding the selection of towering left-hander Matt Smoral in the supplemental first round if this year's draft even though foot surgery would keep him out of action and delay his professional debut. He's back healthy, however, and excited about getting into some games at Instructs.
Smoral Excited To Be Back
Matt Smoral, this year's supplemental first round pick, is finally healthy and pitching again.
Smoral will be pitching in games during Instructs
Oct 9, 2012